(6 servings)

Prep time: 120 min (includes chill time in refrigerator)
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes

The most popular among Spanish cocktails is obviously the Sangria. Traditionally made with red wine and chopped fruit, this alcoholic punch has gone through various experiments with red wine, orange juice, brandy etc. However, not a lot of people have heard of Zurracapote. This drink is similar to sangria in many ways and typical to the La Rioja and nearby areas of Spain. This drink can be had warm or chilled which is perfect for year round drinking!! We had some friends over to watch the final episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones and a large carafe of chilled Zurracapote was gone in minutes!

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Spanish-style Cauliflower Puree

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 40 min

Simple fresh ingredients make the best dishes. Bought cauliflower to try out a Spanish recipe. I didn’t want to make the traditional “coliflor con almendras” recipe so I tried something different. Simple yet delicious, this dish came out perfect! Please do try out the recipe and let me know how it comes out.

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Squid Ink Seafood Fideos

(4 servings)

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

We just absolutely had to add this fideos recipe to Spanish cuisine month. This is one of my favorite dishes to cook though time consuming. The first time I made this dish was when Chloe’s mother sent us a package from France with a bottle of squid ink as she knew I was so totally into cooking! It’s been one of our favorites ever since. This dish I would say is a sister of paella but takes lesser time to prepare. A lot of recipes keep fideos a little soupy but I prefer it dry almost similar to a paella with the socarrat slightly burnt, crispy bottom.

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Patatas Bravas Tower

(4 servings)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Patatas bravas is probably the most popular among the Spanish tapas and is ordered widely in restaurants. What you love about this dish is the crispy outside and the warm soft center of the potatoes. I wanted to try my own variation of this dish after Chloe pushed me to think out of the box. I decided to add to this dish with thyme and interspersed potato chips for an additional crisp. The cut of the potatoes was also changed for refinement. Hope you all try and love this! 

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Grilled Lemon Sardines

(4 servings)

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Found these absolutely incredible, fresh sardines in the neighborhood Citarella and had to buy them. When I was travelling through Spain, I ate these garlicky sardines in oil that were great. I decided to make these sardines as a tapas option really quickly as it was almost lunch time. Easy to make with high nutrition value.

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